Declaration: Doctors Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure
Physicians Call for Health Canada to Provide:
i) Wireless safety standards that are more protective of the health of Canadians; and
ii) Guidelines and resources to assist Canadian physicians in assessing and managing health problems related to microwave radiation.
There is considerable evidence and research from various scientific experts that exposure to microwave radiation from wireless devices; Wi-Fi, smart meters and cell towers can have an adverse impact on human physiological function.1 2 Many recent and emerging studies from university departments and scientific sources throughout the world support the assertion that energy from wireless devices may be causatively linked to various health problems including reproductive compromise, developmental impacts, hormonal dysregulation and cancer. In fact, in 2011 the World Health Organization listed microwave radiation as a Class 2B possible carcinogen3 and subsequent research strengthened the evidence that a stronger designation may be justified.4 5 6
Out of sincere concern for the health of Canadians at all stages of life – from the developing fetus through childhood and into adulthood – we respectfully request that:
i) Health Canada develops and support strategies to raise awareness about microwave radiation impacts and to minimize prolonged exposure to microwave radiation in schools and other places where children are regularly exposed.
ii) As Health Canada has acknowledged that a full literature review was not part of its latest update of Safety Code 6 (the safety guideline for wireless exposure pertaining to thermal effects on the tissue of adult males) we request a comprehensive literature review for all age ranges with less reliance on industry-funded studies.
iii) Health Canada provide guidelines and resources to assist Canadian physicians in becoming apprised of microwave exposure and related health problems and clinical presentations that may be associated with over-exposure or sensitivity (similar to the 2012, “Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related health problems and illnesses.”) (Note; this guideline is under review with an update expected.)
Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, MD, DIBEM, BSc, Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, OEHC Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic, Ottawa, ON
Dr. Robert Banner, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCP, Dip AAPM, Dip CAPM, ABIHM, London, ON
Dr. Alison C. Bested, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, BC
Dr. Jody Bowle-Evans, BA, MD, CGPP, ON
Dr. Riina Bray, BASc MSc MD, FCFP MHSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, ON
Dr. Phillip Bright, MD, G.P, Kitchener, ON
Dr. John Cline, MD, Family Doctor / General Practitioner, Nanaimo, BC
Dr. Cara Flamer, BSc, MD, CCFP, Toronto, ON
Dr. Robert W Henderson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Campbellford, ON
Dr. Steven Herr, MD, BScH, MC, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Huntsville, ON
Dr Veronica Kekosz BA, BSc, MD, FRCP(C), Toronto, ON
Dr. Kathleen Kerr MD, Family Physician, Toronto, ON
Dr. Robert F. Kidd, MD, CM, Renfrew, ON
Dr. Tom Kouroukis, MD, MSc., FRCPC, Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Dr. Ross Mickelson, MD., B.Sc., Ottawa, ON
Dr. Anne Marie Mingiardi, MD, BSc (Hon), Kitchener, ON
Dr. John Molot, MD CCFP FCFP, Family Physician, Toronto, ON
Dr. Richard Nahas, MD CCFP, Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine University of Ottawa, ON
Dr. Barbara Power, MD FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, ON
Dr. Hugh E Scully, BA, MD, MSc, FRCS[C],FACS,FACC,FAHA, Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, University of Toronto, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, UHN Toronto General Hospital. Past-President, Ont. Med. Assoc.; Canadian Med. Assoc.; Canadian, Cardiovascular Soc.; Former Council [Board], Royal Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; World Med. Assoc.; Former Governor of the Amer. Coll. of Surgeons; Member, Health Policy Advocacy Group, Amer. Coll. of Surgeons, Toronto, ON
Dr. Sabrina Stables, Family Doctor / General Practitioner, Toronto, ON
Dr. Adil Vasanji, Family Doctor / General Practitioner, Edmonton, AB
Date of Issuance: July 9, 2014
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